Vicente Bermudez Zacarias El Chapo’s Judge

Vicente Bermudez Zacarias

Vicente Bermudez Zacarias has been identified as the Mexican federal judge who was killed Monday in the Mexican state of Metepec.

Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias was a district court magistrate for appeals and civil judgments in the city of Toluca, according to a statement from Mexico’s Supreme Court.

Reports say the 37-year-old judge was slayed while out jogging near by his home.

Authorities have yet to determine the reason for the crime, however, the killing has raised the obvious question on whether the motive, was a matter of ‘settling of scores’ since Bermudez was well-known in Mexico for having ruled on cases involving some of the country’s biggest ‘narcos’.

Most recently, Vicente Bermudez Zacarias, suspended the extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel, to the Unites States to face drug trafficking charges.

His execution was captured on CCTV.


Various Mexican media outlets reported that Mr. Bermudez was shot in the head while exercising outdoors.

According to his profile, Vicente Antonio Bermudez Zacarias was born in León, Guanajuato. He gained his law degree from the Universidad de Guanajuato. He obtained his master in criminal law from the Universidad Iberoamericana León.

He began his judicial career as an administrative assistant and later as a legal assistant in the sixth Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court in Guanajuato.

Vicente Bermudez Zacarias later served as judicial officer and actuary in the first district court on federal criminal proceedings in the State of Mexico.


He was also Secretary, First District Court in Matters of Federal Criminal Proceedings in the State of Mexico; Secretary, First Collegiate Court of the Twelfth Circuit; Secretary, Second Collegiate Court in Administrative Matters and Working Sixteenth Circuit; Secretary, First Unitary Tribunal of the Sixteenth Circuit.

He was later named District Judge; and Fifth District Judge in Matters of Protection and Federal Civil Trial in the State of Mexico. He held the position of District Judge from December 2013.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a televised speech on Monday that he ordered his attorney general to investigate the murder.